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40 people died so far in AP after consuming hand sanitizers

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In another freak incident involving sanitizer, four people died after consuming sanitizer to get high at Scavenger Colony in Tirupati on Friday. About 40 people have died so far in the State consuming the sanitizer following the liquor sale regulation in view of COVID spread. Many such deaths go unreported, according to police. On July 31, just seven days ago, 14 persons had died after consuming sanitizer in Covid-19 hotspots of Kurichedu and Pamur in the Prakasam district. While 11 persons, including two beggars, died at Kurichedu, three others reportedly died after consuming it at Pamir.

With the spate in Coronavirus cases, the sale of alcohol has been regulated in several districts in the State, causing desperate alcohol dependent persons to drink harmful sanitizer in the hopes of getting high. Most of the sanitizers carry 70% of isopropyl alcohol as instructed by the government.

The deceased were identified as Veeraiah (50) working in the Tirupati municipality, Kumara Swamy (30), and the other two people from the Scavenger Colony. All are addicted to alcohol, hence, consumed sanitizer to get high. Soon after, they fell sick and were rushed to a nearby hospital where they died.

A case was registered by the East Town Police Station based on a complaint lodged by Veeraiah’s wife Bharathi and Kumaraswamy’s mother Jayamma. A case was registered and an investigation was underway by East Town Police Station SI S Jayachandra. Meanwhile, Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) officials conducted surprise inspections on sanitizer sales, belt shops, and herbal manufacturing centers across the state.

The team also identified 144 people who were drinking sanitizer and given counseling. Sanitizer manufacturing licenses were inspected and warnings were issued. SEB officials have registered cases against 76 people who were making sanitizers flouting the regulations.

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